Much has been made of Francis' joint document with Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb of al-Azhar fame. That document created sparks in conservative and traditional outlets primarily because of a particular statement: "The pluralism and the diversity of religions, color, sex, race and language are willed by God in his wisdom, through which he created human beings…" … Continue reading Does God will a Multitude of Denominations?
I happened across a set of policy proposals by one Matt Bruenig, whose wife Elizabeth has a fairly well known (at least in Catholic circles) writing gig at the Washington Post. So, I decided to put up a pithy statement of my own thoughts on it. It represents the absolute best of intentions thoroughly undermined … Continue reading Catholic Socialism, Stalwart of Liberalism
A rare foray into poetry... Inches separate life and death Even borders imagined May separate sacred and profane Among rivers of asphalt Even flowers bloom if there be light and water The dull roar from engines, encased in Angled glass and steel, oft Colliding into twisted metal and spilled poisons The rush to possess, to win a race For … Continue reading The Alcove
This is a question that was posed to me through a family member by someone curious about Christianity, and I immediately liked the question because it brought to my mind some oft-glossed over things in Christian circles. We are so embedded in our own culture, which heavily prioritizes the "new" over the "old," such that … Continue reading Why is Jesus called Christ?
Once, there was a King who was the recognized authority in all the land. He was beloved and respected by the people and the people honored God for the accomplishments of his reign. He had been anointed as King by the most famous prophet of his day. He was recognized culturally as God's own son … Continue reading On Legitimate Rule
Roots of the Splintering of the Kingdom of Israel The proper context is now laid for why Solomon had the kingdom rent away. Jeroboam’s origins become important, mostly detailed in 1 Kings 11–12 and 2 Chronicles 10. Solomon and Judah’s corruption are manifest to all, and consequently God raises up adversaries to the one who … Continue reading Jeroboam Part 2: The Rise of Jeroboam
Solomon’s reign is split neatly into two equal segments; the first twenty years of building the Temple of the Lord and his own Palace; and the last twenty years, in which he built palaces for his many wives and concubines and idols for foreign gods (although some of that probably occurred concurrently with building his … Continue reading Jeroboam Part 1: Solomon